... Georgia, California, New York and Ohio. After World War II, the buildings were used Andrew Dyas MacLean (1,392 words) [view diff] exact match in snippet view article find links to article Naval Volunteer Reserve, he commanded the Toronto naval reserve station HMCS York . HMCS Quebec, light cruiser postwar, served as HMCS Uganda during the war (Navy Photos, click to enlarge) return to World War 2, 1939-1945 With thanks to Don Kindell & … Milne was a former Reserve corporal in the Toronto Scottish Regiment who, in 1943, earned a commission with the Navy on HMCS York. At the outbreak of WW2 the unit moved to the Automotive Building at the Canadian national Exhibition grounds. [23] During the Battle of Cape Passero, York sank the disabled and abandoned destroyer Artigliere on 13 October after the destroyer's engagement with the light cruiser HMS Ajax the previous evening. HMCS YORK is the largest of the 24 Reserve divisions of the Royal Canadian Navy and is very active in its mission of providing trained sailors to meet the operational requirements assigned to the Reserves by the Commander, Royal Canadian Navy. The unit was established in 1942 to replace the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve Half Company created in 1923. [18], The ship was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia that same month for convoy escort duties. The unit was officially commissioned as one of HMC Ships in 1941. She was briefly refitted in Bermuda between 31 October and 22 November before she returned to Great Britain for a more thorough refit in December. She joined the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow on August 1, and that month took part in two operations off the Norwegian coast, the second being an attack on the Tirpitz. Boxer. After WW2, he served twice on HMCS Cayuga-- the first time when she sailed in company with HMCS Athabaskan, Crescent, Antigonish, and HMCS Ontario, to Hawaii in Oct 1948. She was easily distinguishable from her sister ship, Exeter, as the latter had straight masts and funnels, while those of York were angled to the rear. Her main guns were wrecked by demolition charges on 22 May 1941 when the Allies began to evacuate Crete. ML104 COUGAR . York was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in late 1940 where she escorted convoys and the larger ships of the Mediterranean Fleet. The troops were disembarked on 8 April when the British learned of the imminent German invasion of Norway and the squadron, under the command of Vice-Admiral John Cunningham, joined the bulk of the Home Fleet already at sea. [29] On 18 May, further damage was inflicted by German bombers and the ship was damaged beyond repair. The ship's complement was 628 officers and men. January 1945 found me in HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia for basic training where I remained until after V-E Day. During the war, HMCS York was the first experience of naval life form more than 14,000 members of the RCN. Three of the attacking boats had various problems, either mechanical or human, due to the extreme temperature conditions, but the other three successfully attacked their targets. [4], York lacked a full waterline armor belt. HMCS Montréal remained in United Kingdom waters and left Londonderry for the last time on March 12, 1945. Most of us had signed to "Go Pacific" as we were still fighting the war with Japan. WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site: Contact Us: Royal Navy. However both were listed in the Royal Navy in the strict sense. The Free Dictionary. HMCS York was initially commissioned as the RCNVR Company Toronto on 10 Apr 1923. 58,000 soldiers enlisted in the first month alone, and by December troops were already heading over to Britain. Steam for the turbines was provided by eight Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers. [21] York was one of the ships used to evacuate British and French troops from Namsos, along with three French transports and a number of British destroyers, on the evening of 1/2 May. The ship had an overall length of 575 feet (175.3 m), a beam of 57 feet (17.4 m)[2] and a draught of 20 feet 3 inches (6.2 m). HMCS Haida (G63) is a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from 1943–1963. Two British seamen were killed. York's wreck was salvaged in February 1952 by an Italian shipbreaker and towed to Bari to be broken up, beginning on 3 March. York carried a maximum of 1,900 long tons (1,900 t) of fuel oil that gave her a range of 13,300 nautical miles (24,600 km; 15,300 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph). She was wrecked in an attack by Italian explosive motorboats of the 10th Flotilla MAS ⚓️ Together, we will remember. She was brought in through the channel to berth with special precautions at the Royal Naval Dockyard during the hurricane that struck Bermuda on the 30th of November, 1935 when winds speeds reached 86 miles per hour (the Dockyard had been extensively damaged during a hurricane in October, 1926, which had also sunk the sloop HMS Valerian with the loss of 85 of her crew). In February she embarked 852 Squadron (FAA) of Avengers at San Francisco and sailed for the U.K. via New York, where she took aboard a flight-deck cargo of Mustangs for the RAF. Early in the war the ship escorted convoys in the Atlantic and participated in the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. In 1983, YORK was granted Freedom of the City of Toronto in recognition of contributions made to the community over the years. She was wrecked in an attack by Italian explosive motorboats of the 10th Flotilla MAS at Suda Bay, Crete, in March 1941. YORK was established April 10, 1923 when the Toronto Half-Company of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve was established with a complement of 57 officers and men. She mostly served on the North America and West Indies Station before World War II. HMCS Fredericton was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Canadian Navy.She was ordered from Marine Industries Ltd. in Sorel, Quebec and laid down on 22 March 1941. 1, being the largest vessel to have been lifted by that dock at the time and having required the almost re-construction of AFD 1 in order to accommodate the docking of the larger ships of the "H.M.S. HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. Because of this, the navy tried to make marines out of us, marching with a full pack and crawling on our bellies after being discharged from a landing craft at low tide onto smelly, rocky beaches. In addition, York also had a very tall bridge designed to clear the aircraft catapult originally planned to be carried on the superfiring ('B') gun turret forward. HMS York was the lead ship of her class of two heavy cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1920s. The transverse bulkheads at the end of her machinery rooms were 3.5 inches (89 mm) thick. It came to STAR in January 1956, was paid off on 4 November of the same year and the next year … [9] She played a primary role in the Jubilee Day celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of George V that took place in the City of Hamilton, Bermuda, on the 6 May, 1935. [27] During Operation Lustre in March, she protected troop convoys from Egypt to Greece. Two motorboats, packed with 330-kilogram (730 lb) charges in the bows, struck York amidships, flooding both boiler rooms and one engine room. The present building was opened in … [20] The ship, and the light cruisers HMS Manchester and HMS Birmingham, ferried the 1st Battalion of the Green Howards and other troops from Rosyth to Åndalsnes and Molde on 24–25 April. The ship was run aground to prevent her from sinking. HMCS York / NCSM York January 21 at 10:41 AM # ThrowbackThursday to when Captain(N) Bill Wilson served as # HMCSYor ... k 's Commanding Officer from 1973 - 1976! [8] She served as the flagship of the 8th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station based at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island in Bermuda. The ship carried two triple torpedo tube above-water mounts for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes. Before the move to its current location on Lake Shore Boulevard West, it had been situated on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. 6 August 1942 RCN destroyer HMCS Assiniboine commanded by A/LCDR John H. Stubbs, RCN, pursues and rams German submarine U-210 in the fog, finally sinking her with a 4.7 inch … The ship's wreck was salvaged in 1952 and scrapped in Bari. During World War II YORK served as an important recruiting and training establishment in the war effort, with over 16,000 men and women joining the Navy through HMCS YORK. On 3 March 1940 the ship intercepted the German blockade runner Arucas in the Denmark Strait near Iceland, but she was scuttled by her own crew before she could be captured. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. [7] Between 1931 and 1934 she was commanded by Captain Richard Bevan, who was succeeded in Bermuda by Captain H.P. 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